What Causes Saline and Silicone Breast Implants to Rupture?
Posted on May 19, 2009 in Breast augmentation, Breast implants, Saline implants, Silicone implants Although breast implants can be very durable, given enough time, they do not last forever. Over time, the cumulative effects of normal intrinsic and extrinsic “wear and tear” will affect the strength and integrity of the implant shell. Silicone implants do last noticeably longer as compared to saline implants. What are some of the factors that can reduce the lifespan of implants? High impact trauma directly to the breast can significantly stretch and weaken the implant shell or even cause it to disrupt resulting in implant rupture. Common mechanisms for this include car and motorcycle accidents, major falls and even sports injuries. Nevertheless, I have evaluated and treated many women over the years whose implants have survived serious motor vehicle accidents including steering wheel breaking head-on collisions, being thrown from motorcycles, getting hit in the chest with batted softball